It is clear at what direction the international transport industry is heading towards: Digitalisation. But how can this be realised when a lot of companies are still working with the traditional paper consignment note?
Paper consignment notes have been a serious obstacle to the further digitising of international transport for many years. For cross border freight traffic, transport companies rely on a paper document; the consignment note, at least because of liability and insurance issues. After the journey, the drivers remain quite often with an unreadable, filthy and damaged piece of paper. It can take days before the consignment note reaches the office again, provided it is not lost on route.
In The Netherlands, over 40 million CMRs are used every year. According to the transport federation TLN (Transport and Logistics Netherlands) in The Netherlands only, 180 million euro can be saved in administrative costs if these were to be replaced by a digital version.
TransFollow has launched the e-CMR. A state of art system where you can manage, supervise and archive your electronic consignment notes. It reduces the paperwork and decreases handling costs.
To stimulate paperless transportation by road in Europe even further the AEOLIX project is initiated. The members of the IRU in Czech Republic, Germany, Romania and Serbia and the Greek Ministry of Transport are involved in the AEOLIX project (Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange) and as part of this program they are piloting the TransFollow e-CMR in cross boarding operations. The AEOLIX project is one of the tools to improve the connectivity of digital information systems.